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Time to Change the Electoral College?

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Is it time for a new amendment abolishing the Electoral College? After the 2016 Election many Americans believe it is. America is the only country that uses this process to elect their leader. In all other democrat locations, the popular vote is used to choose a leader of the nation. Let’s begin by first looking at the system in place.

2016 Final Electoral Map

2016 Final Electoral Map (source: Business Insider)

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.

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The News (Media) Today – Part 2 Fake News?

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As a response to the search of more news, there has been an explosion of non-mainstream media organizations on the internet over the past 5 years or so. During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election many of the popular websites received a large amount of coverage like never before. So much so, that some of them are not categorized as “Fake News” by the MSM.

You can find the first post in this 2 part series at: The News (Media) Today, Part 1.

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The News (Media) Today – Part 1

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The “news” today is vastly different than ten, twenty and surely thirty years ago. We are, or should be, lucky to live in an age where we can be instantly updated with the latest news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by merely turning on the television. Not to mention the internet, smart phones, and social media. We really are at the buffet of information in the internet world. However, we need to look out for the green eggs !

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2016 U.S. Election – Welcome to the Fog of Reality

2016 Final Electoral Map

2016 Final Electoral Map (source: Business Insider)

Early on the morning of November 9, 2016 my eyes were opened wide. During the previous year and a half, I had been following the main stream media’s(MSM) coverage of the Presidential Election more closely than I have ever followed one in my life. This was due to my increased interest in the American political system and because the MSM made it seem that it was the only news that was occurring in the world.

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